The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Label: Sony Classical
Fans of the new acoustic genre -- that realm of virtuosity and chops, where pop classical, smooth jazz and progressive bluegrass intersect -- are totally licking their chops over The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Bringing together cello master Yo-Yo Ma, Punch Brother Chris Thile, bassist Edgar Meyer and fiddler Stuart Duncan, this quartet is a real-deal supergroup, one that excels at expertly plucked string work and subtle dynamics. Though predominantly instrumental, this 11-track collection does feature low-key vocals on a few compositions. These include "Here and Heaven" and "No One but You."